March is a month replete with adages, old wives' tales, customs, and celebrations. First, March is reputed to "Come in like a lion and go out like a lamb," but March is a trickster who has been known to reverse these roles.
Shakespeare admonished, "Beware the Ides (15th) of March." He penned that warning to Julius Caesar in 1599, but the superstitious among us heed it to this day. It is right up there with Friday the 13th as a day to WATCH OUT!
Once we get past mid-month, its time to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. My maiden name began with McC, but you don't have to be Irish to make corned beef and cabbage, eat Irish soda bread or drink green beer. The wearin' of the Green is practiced by many Irish wannabes, this writer included. I've even been known to wear shamrock earrings. March 17 is a happy day of parades and parties.
Finally, after St. Patty's Day, we can look forward to March 20, the first day of spring. Back on Feb. 2, Punxsutawney Phil, the famous PA groundhog saw his shadow. This ushered in six more weeks of winter. But, now TIME'S UP! Winter must release the land from her frosty grip and let the March lamb romp into April.